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June 18, 2019



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AirFi Announces Trio of Wireless IFE Deals

Netherlands-based wireless in-flight entertainment company AirFi announced that Bamboo Airways has chosen the company’s solution for its fleet of eight Airbus A319s and A320s. Following a successful trial, Air Arabia has committed to AirFi’s IFE system, citing its flexibility, performance and reliability as factors in the decision. Air Seychelles has also selected AirFi as the IFE hardware and content provider for its forthcoming Airbus A320neo scheduled for delivery next month.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] AirFi Strikes New Wireless IFE Deals in Europe and Asia – APEX Media



AirAsia and Saudia Upgrade Airbus Narrow-Body Orders

Airbus continued to secure big orders on the second day of the Paris Air Show. AirAsia announced it will convert 253 existing A320neo orders to the larger A321neo variant. Saudi Arabian Airlines also announced it would increase the size of an existing A320neo order from 35 aircraft to 65 aircraft plus 35 options. The order now includes 15 A321XLRs, the new extra long-range variant announced yesterday by Airbus. According to Reuters, American Airlines is currently in discussions with Airbus over a deal for 50 A321XLRs, but both parties declined to comment on the rumor.

Airways Magazine | Related American in talks for up to 50 Airbus A321XLR jets: sources – Reuters



Liberty Hall Capital Agrees to Sell AIM Aerospace to Sekisui Chemical Group

Liberty Hall Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in aerospace businesses, announced it has agreed to sell AIM Aerospace to Sekisui Chemical Group for $510 million. Based in Renton, Washington, AIM Aerospace supplies composite components to customers including Boeing, GE, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Spirit AeroSystems. “As demand for composite components continues to increase, we are pleased that AIM Aerospace is well-positioned to deliver a new generation of complex products to the industry. We are very proud to transfer leadership to Sekisui to oversee the next chapter in AIM Aerospace's expansion,” said Rowan Taylor, Liberty Hall's founding and managing partner. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

PR Newswire | Related Aviation supplier AIM Aerospace sold for $510 million – The Seattle Times



Korean Air Commits to 30 Boeing Dreamliners

Korean Air has committed to acquiring 30 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The South Korean airline will purchase 20 787-9s, in addition to leasing 10 787-10s from Air Lease Corporation. The carrier plans to use the aircraft to expand its long-haul network while replacing some older wide-bodies in its current fleet. “As we continue to innovate our product offering, the 787 Dreamliner family will become the backbone of our long-haul fleet for many years to come,” Walter Cho, chairman of Korean Air, said in a statement.

Business Wire | Related Korean Air tips new business class seats, fleet-wide in-flight Wi-Fi – Australian Business Traveller



SmartSky Networks Selects Honeywell as 5G ATG Reseller

SmartSky Networks has selected Honeywell as an authorized value-added reseller of the company’s 5G air-to-ground (ATG) services for North American airline operators. The agreement will provide Honeywell’s airline customers with more in-flight connectivity options on board regional aircraft. “We are excited to partner with [Honeywell], further diversifying the cost, speed and capacity of the broader range of services they support for airlines throughout North America,” said Ryan Stone, president of SmartSky Networks.  

Get Connected | Related SmartSky Enters Final Phase of Next-Gen ATG Network – APEX Media



Green Pledge: Emirates Vows to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Emirates has become the latest airline to commit to reducing single-use plastics as part of its onboard service. The Dubai-based carrier is replacing plastic straws with an eco-friendly paper alternative and will begin phasing out plastic stir sticks and transitioning to sustainable alternatives by the end of the year. Starting in August, Emirates will replace plastic bags used for in-flight retail purchases with paper bags. The airline says these initiatives will remove an estimated 81.7 million single-use plastic items from landfills each year.  

Inflight Online | Related Going Green: Airlines Roll Out Eco-Friendly Initiatives on World Environment Day – APEX Media



Dallas Fort Worth Mobile App Adds TSA Wait Times Feature

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has added a new feature to its mobile app that informs travelers about current wait times at TSA security checkpoints. The app, available for Android and iOS devices, now displays real-time wait-time data for all of the airport’s 16 checkpoints, including information for specific lanes. “TSA wait times were well-received when we introduced them in the terminals, and the app helps us get that same information to more customers before they even arrive at DFW,” said Ken Buchanan, DFW’s executive vice-president, Revenue Management and Customer Experience.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Fix This: How Koniku and Thruvision Aim to Alleviate Airport Security Bottlenecks – APEX Media





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Association News

Are You EXPO Ready?

40 years down and ‘forever’ to go! This year, APEX celebrates 40 years of airline passenger experience excellence and what better way than to make this year’s EXPO the best yet! So far, we have an impressive marketplace with 300+ booths and more than 5,000 expected attendees, including representatives from more than 100 airlines! You don’t want to miss EXPO. Click here to learn more.


APEX/IFSA Awards Deadline 20 June

Don’t forget to submit your awards nomination! The APEX/IFSA Awards submissions are due on 20 June and APEX + Crystal Cabin Award submissions are due on 12 July. Click here to submit!


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